Archive for 2010

STARTing Silly Season in Treaty Ratification

It appears as if the United States Senate is falling into silly season over ratification or rejection of the START nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Of course, that’s assuming the Senate wasn’t already in silly season over other issues. Now, Republicans are against the treaty not because it “straitjackets the United States missile defense capabilities,”... Read more »

Will the GOP back a straight up or down DADT repeal?

The New York Times is reporting that House Democrats will push a standalone bill to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, but will GOP moderates back such a bill? House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pennsylvania) could bring a bill to the floor as early as tomorrow. If and when... Read more »

YouTube's Most Watched Videos of 2010

YouTube’s most watched videos of 2010 1. BED INTRUDER SONG!!! 2. TIK TOK KESHA Parody – Key of Awe$ome #13 3. Greyson Chance Singing Paparazzi 4. Annoying Orange Wazzup 5. Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like 6. Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10 7. OK Go – This Too Shall Pass – Rube Goldberg Machine version 8. THE TWILIGHT... Read more »

Political Kibbles & Bits

The Mayoral Race Chicago Tribune: Emanuel records scrutinized in residency challenge Sun-Times: Emanuel claimed part-year residency in ’09 Chicago News Cooperative: Emanuel Eyed Mayoral Run Back in 2008 Sun-Times: Q&A with the Rev. James Meeks The National Scene NYT: Jobless Aides Comb the Democratic Market Politico: Look who’s a judicial activist now NYT: The Fed? Ron Paul’s Not... Read more »

Hizzoner the Hypocrite

Hizzoner Daley II blasted the Ricketts family plan for renovating Wrigley Field with bond money paid off by amusement tax increases (or increased tax intakes from higher ticket sales) because “That would deny the next mayor — if I sign the agreement and say, ‘Go ahead’ — of the revenue they need to balance the... Read more »

Civilian Terror Trial Ends in Single Guilty Count

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, accused by Justice Department officials of participating in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, was convicted of a single count today in federal district court. Experts viewed the trial as a testing ground for civilian trials of alleged terrorists, but Scott Silliman, executive director for the Center on Law,... Read more »

Gurnee Woman Attacked Cop with Dildo

The Daily Herald reports that a Gurnee woman “faces single misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault and theft of labor” after approaching a police officer in a threatening manner with a dildo. Carolee Bildsten didn’t pay her bill at Joe’s Crab Shack, so police were called. After telling police that her money was in her apartment, a... Read more »

Governor Candidate Accuses Opponent Of Giving Boners

A candidate for Governor of New Mexico had a (Freudian?) slip of the tongue. Governor Candidate Accuses Opponent Of Giving Boners – Watch more Funny Videos

It's Quade for the Cubs!

The Cubs will remove the “interim” tag from Mike Quade’s title of manager later this afternoon. Around 3pm Central time, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and GM Jim Hendry will hold a press conference to announce Quade received a two year contract with an option for 2013. Quade managed the Cubs to a 24-13 record after... Read more »

Spineless Pols Won't Even Stand Up to Retiring Daley's Reserve Raid (and How to Finance the Future of Chicago)

Are the politicians in Chicago so bad that they won’t even stand up to a retiring Dick Daley even as he presents another quick fix budget disaster? It appears so… The Tribune’s title says it all: “Daley budget raids reserves.” Daley’s proposal takes big bites of Skyway funds, parking meter funds, and TIF funds. Forget... Read more »